Don’t Try This At Home: The DIY Lash Perm Kit

By Lynnie | February 22 2013 | 17 Comments

Maybe it’s my perfectionist leanings or my have-a-go attitude – or a heady mix of both – but I’m a big fan of beauty DIYs. There are some outstanding professionals that I trust to meet my (not unreasonably high) standards, but if I can’t get to them for reasons of cash or convenience, I’ll just do my own nails/waxing/laser hair removal/make-up/eyebrows, ta.

I’m very competent and definitely do a better job than a few of the therapists I’ve encountered (bleeding cuticles and having hot wax dropped where it should never be dropped are two horrors that will stay with me forever.) But it turns out that even I have a line that I won’t cross in the name of the beauty DIY.

Home eyelash perm kits have been popping all over my radar of late and, to judge from my blog reader, there seems to be a lot of interest in them. I can see (no pun intended) why: salon lash perming is expensive and results can be hit and miss. Even so, this is one DIY I really not tempted to try myself.

Using a hydrogen peroxide solution in close proximity to the eyes is a risky business and it’s really not something you want to be self-administering through a half-closed eyelid. Eyelash perming is a fiddly job where a second pair of eyes is a very, very good idea and even if you’ve got a mate to help out, I reckon this is a scenario where formal training, together with plenty of experience, is a must.

What do you reckon? Is eyelash perming a DIY that you’d chance trying at home – and what beauty procedures do you prefer to leave to the pros?

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17 Replies to "Don’t Try This At Home: The DIY Lash Perm Kit"

  • Aisling *Aisling* says:

    Nope, no way would I do this at home! I can’t even do waxing at home – anything that causes pain needs to be left in the hands of a professional. I can’t work up the courage to rip the wax strips off quickly enough – so as a result it never works
    And I can’t colour my hair at home because I make such a mess in the bathroom

    DIY failure here

  • Marlie says:


    I’m not sure why anyone would want to forego the experience of someone who has been trained to perform these procedures for the sake of saving a few quid.

    And, the thoughts of anyone, let alone a trained professional, putting any type of chemical near my eyes terrifies me, I’m happy with the way my lashes are naturally, thank you very much.

    I’ve tried waxing my legs a few times myself at home, and I suck majorly at it, so I’m far happier to dole out the dosh and get someone else to do it for me.

    The one thing I’ll never pay someone else to for me again though, is my nails. I have too much fun doing them myself now, and I get to save me a good €25 and paint whatever I want on them :)

  • witchgirl26 says:

    I generally do my own nails & bits like that but anything involving eyes (eyelash tinting is a new adventure for me) will be left to someone who is trained to do it properly, thanks very much.

  • joanne says:

    i tint my own lashes and eyebrows at home, next week though am going to get Yumi lashes done as its on special offer-never had my eyelashes permed before so can’t wait to see them after it

  • Atkin says:

    Lash perming? I have heard it all now!

  • Sandy Beach says:

    I had the Yumi lashes done and it was good. Got the eyebrows darkened at the same time too to coordinate colours (I’m a redhead). Don’t think I’d do it myself thought as whenever I bother to tint my lashes myself I’m usually half blind at the end of it.

  • littlesis says:

    I wouldn’t go near it! God knows what I’d end up doing to myself.

  • joanne says:

    how long did it last for you Sandy Beach when you got the Yumi lashes done?

  • Cait says:

    God no. Eyes and DIY don’t mix as far as I’m concerned (apart from eye-makeup obviously!). I’ve given up waxing my own legs because it takes so long psyching myself up. It was taking hours so I’m far happier to pay someone to do it really quickly.
    I do my own nails though. If I get them done I end up being hyper critical because I can do them fairly well myself, so it just feels like wasted money.

  • lochie101 says:

    Nope not a chance. Since I got laser eye surgery (18 months ago) I have become so freaked out with putting anything like this near my eyes!!

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